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How Deep Trekker Crawlers Benefit Remote Operators

Rachel Doornekamp   |   January 3, 2020

Although many people never consider it, the cities, towns and homes we live in require a complex network of sewer, storm drain and water pipes to run effectively. Pipes and infrastructure ranging from storm water systems to weeping tile require consistent inspection to ensure safety and effectiveness. Regular usage and heavy traffic plus additional factors like infiltration of tree roots and seismic activity all take a toll on our infrastructure and pipe systems. The consequences of failing infrastructure can be catastrophic but frequent inspection greatly minimizes risks of contamination, flooding, blockages and collapsed pipes.

Fully submersible and battery operated, Deep Trekker’s pipe crawlers provide portable and reliable pipe crawling equipment for remote operators and inspectors. With options for pipes from 6” to 36” in diameter, operators can explore pipes that are otherwise inaccessible to humans.

Easily steerable and equipped with a pan/tilt/zoom HD camera, both the DT340 and the DT320 mini are designed with the operator in mind. Read on to learn how Deep Trekker pipe crawlers benefit remote operators.


Powered by Lithium Ion batteries, Deep Trekker’s crawlers are truly portable. Without the need for topside power, a dedicated vehicle or a generator is unnecessary, allowing operators to get the crawlers to even the most remote and difficult places. The durable batteries allow operators to work for 6-8 hours on a 90-minute charge time. Easily carried in a customized, wheeled Pelican case users can inspect just about anywhere!

Active Freewheel

One of the most physically demanding aspects of the job for remote operators is the retrieval of the pipe crawler. Typically pipe crawlers use only a neutral gear, meaning the operator has to pull the weight of the crawler back with no additional assistance. Deep Trekker’s Active Freewheel mode provides a power assist for retrieving the crawler following inspection. In Active Freewheel mode, Deep Trekker crawlers send power to the tires in reverse at 150% of the forward speed. Regardless of whether you use our powered reel or our counter reel, the added capability of the Active Freewheel mode provides ease of use to remote operators.


In lieu of using gas to pressurize crawlers to remain waterproof, Deep Trekker uses magnetic coupling. For instance, the DT340 wheels have a magnetic hub that attaches to the wheel hub, making a water tight connection that doesn’t wear down over time and eliminates the need for oil and grease.

Innovative design and tough materials make the Deep Trekker crawlers fit for the pipe crawling job. Heavy duty treated steel alloy gears, stainless steel fixtures, sapphire camera lens covers and an anodized aluminium body mean that Deep Trekker vehicles can take a beating.


Deep Trekker operators are able to quickly swap wheel kits or add ons with common Phillips or Allen screws making the vehicle easily adaptable. Designed to grow with operators, users can start with a simpler system with the ability to add modules and build the system as needed.

Multiple wheel sizes and materials like carbide grit, as well as track options, provide solutions for a variety of different types of pipe material including brick, PVC, clay, concrete, HDPE, corrugated steel and cast iron. Well thought-out add ons such as elevating arms and rear facing cameras give operators advanced options to complete a variety of jobs.

WinCan Integration

As a trusted provider of standards-compliant inspection software for CCTV camera inspections, WinCan allows Deep Trekker users to log their live video feed and pipe distance to mark areas of concern and make notes for further review.

Learn more about pipe crawler customization in our recent blog post. Our team of industry experts are available to answer any questions you may have about our pipe crawlers, reach out today!